April 3, 2018
We know, as student affairs pros, that when we give students positive feedback and reward them for a job well done, it motivates them to keep working hard. For many of us, watching our students grow is one of the reasons we chose a career in student affairs, so marking that growth is especially meaningful.
As a university, it’s important to celebrate and recognize our students’ accomplishments. With 51,000+ students on campus, there are so many different ways students add to the campus, and make a lasting impression on their peers and the university. We have several awards and events this month to honor the accomplishments of some of our students, including the:
- J.J. “Jake” Pickle Citizenship Award (University Unions). Award honors a student whose cumulative, notable contributions to campus exemplify high standards of leadership and service.
- Pal—Make A Difference Award (University Unions). Award recognizes a student whose individual program or initiative has made a significant contribution to campus or the broader community.
- Outstanding Student Awards (Texas Parents). Award honors two outstanding senior students who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service.
- President's Student Employee of the Year Award. Award recognizes an outstanding student employee who has made a positive impact on the university.
- Evening of the Stars (Office of the Dean of Students). Celebration pays tribute to student organizations and student leaders for their accomplishments and contributions.
I’m proud that the Division of Student Affairs is the largest employer of students on campus; I know that different units and departments find all kinds of ways to celebrate student workers during this time for their contributions.
There is no doubt that recognition of students fosters strong relationships among students, staff and faculty, creating a positive culture where students feel valued.
So, how do you specifically recognize and honor students in your department, unit or team? I would love to hear about the innovative ways you are strengthening these relationships ¾ please feel free to send me an email and share more.
Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students